Calling All Women Photojournalists Looking To Up Their Game

Calling All Women Photojournalists Looking To Up Their Game

Are you interested in taking your work in visual journalism to the next level? Women Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) are hosting their 2022 Seminar and Portfolio Review on April 30th, and they’re here to help. This will be their 11th time doing the event and it’s not to be missed!

“The WPOW Seminar and Portfolio Review is a premiere photo event involving top-level professional reviewers from entities such as National Geographic magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post and Magnum, speakers chosen from the top of the profession, and hundreds of professional and student visual journalists of all kinds, including those in video and multi-media,” says Allison Shelley, WPOW’s Co-founder and Co-director. This year the event, which is normally done in Washington, D.C. in person, will be fully online due to COVID precautions. This enables attendees and reviewers to join in no matter their geographic location.

Photo by Sarah Silbiger

I spoke with two former attendees, Caroline Gutman, an independent photojournalist and PhotoShelter member, and Celina Fang, Senior Multimedia Editor at The Marshall Project about their positive experiences in past years.

I’ve attended several WPOW Portfolio Reviews and it’s always been a great experience for me. I’ve had the chance to meet editors and photographers I otherwise might not have, leading to published stories, long-term projects and new connections.

Caroline Gutman

I’ve attended WPOW as a reviewer for the past three years, and each time I met amazing photographers whose work was new to me.  As the senior multimedia editor for The Marshall Project, I am always looking for new work, and WPOW provided a wonderful setting for me to discover new photographers.  Everything was extremely well organized, and it was great to be able to chat with others in the industry.  WPOW’s review is an invaluable event!  

Celina Fang

In addition to the seminar and portfolio reviews, there’s also a fundraiser. Prizes include a Canon R5 mirrorless camera kit, computer software, memberships (like to PhotoShelter!), services, photo books, camera bags, WPOW-branded swag and more. Suggested donations are $10 and all proceeds go directly to supporting WPOW programming. All donations are tax deductible.

WPOW Portfolio Review 2018
Credit: Irene Rojas

About WPOW: Founded in 2006, WPOW is a non-profit, 501c3 organization supporting women in visual journalism in the Washington, D.C. area. Their membership consists of over 400 seasoned and emerging female photojournalists, photo editors, video journalists, multimedia producers, students and other industry professionals. WPOW hosts a variety of programs including quarterly meetings with guest speakers, workshops addressing photographers’ professional needs, a mentorship program, an annual portfolio review, and an annual juried exhibition that travels to universities and galleries across the United States. 

To learn more about WPOW visit and register for the 2022 Seminar and Portfolio Review today.

Cover photo by Elizabeth Gillis.

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Caitlyn Edwards is the Senior Customer Marketing Manager at PhotoShelter. Passionate about visual storytelling and ethics, she covers photo news, events and offers educational tips.

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